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10 things I wish I knew before I started playing in bands in Boston
We hear you just moved to "the Bean", and you're thinking about starting a real life rock-'n-roll band! Here's a bunch of bullshit you should know about.
| January 25, 2013
Review: A Late Quartet
Unless Ken Russell is directing, films about musicians seldom are as exciting as the music they make.
| November 02, 2012
Interview: God save John Lydon
When Sex Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren coined the phrase "cash from chaos," he may have been describing his own filthy lucre, but for the members of rock's most explosive group, the fiduciary comeuppance was and has been eternally forthcoming.
| October 12, 2012
Passion Pit | Gossamer
It's now been more than three years since Cambridge-bred Passion Pit birthed debut Manners to critical acclaim, a wait largely the result of a two-year world-touring schedule.
| July 20, 2012
Purity Ring | Shrines
Ever imagined what it would be like to hear an angel-voiced woman recite a book of fairy tales in the back of a nightclub at 2 am as drowsy synth lines float through the speakers?
| July 20, 2012
Interview: Brendon Small finds his niche
Years before he cracked the dimensional barrier that separates the real from unreal by turning Dethklok, the lovably sociopathic stars of Adult Swim's Metalocalypse , into one of the most lucrative metal acts in both cartoonland and the material world
| April 27, 2012
Review: Chico & Rita
This is the first animated movie nominated in that category to show pubic hair, and as a film for grown-ups it outclasses most of the nominees for Best Picture.
An animated film for grown-ups
| March 02, 2012
The Overdub Tampering Committee
Armed with an idea, a hastily written manifesto, a press release, and some software to disguise my computer's IP address, I was able to raise the question, "How do you know that what you're illegally downloading is the actual music it claims to be?" This
How a group of Boston musicians exacted their weird price from the world of online music sharing — without actually doing a thing
| February 17, 2012
Review: From the Back of the Room
Chronicling the past 30 years of women in DIY punk, Amy Oden's documentary deconstructs the myth that punk is an ideal world free of gender prejudices.
Amy Oden's documentary about sexism in the punk rock community
| December 09, 2011
Jonah Bokaer takes chances
Bokaer didn't provide any grandiose program notes or play up the profound implications in his dances, but by the end of the performance we'd seen small transformations and beautiful visions, and even confronted big questions about control and randomness,
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| August 12, 2011
A friend in need
For the last 15 years, Aliza Shapiro has been the heart and brains of Truth Serum Productions, the rabble-rousing outfit behind the irreverent TraniWreck cabaret.
Community comes together to support Aliza Shapiro
THOMAS PAGE MCBEE
| August 05, 2011
How Grass Widow came to play a concert for a small group of great apes
Gigi was in her late 30s the first time she saw a rock band play. The concert took place outside her enclosure, at 8:30 in the morning, so it wouldn't interfere with Franklin Park Zoo's usual visiting hours.
| August 05, 2011
From the bedroom to beyond with Craft Spells
There's been an enormous wave of musicians gaining notoriety for creating work where they sleep, and subsequently seeing their star rise as blogs have picked up on the results.
Temple of gloom
| July 29, 2011
Musician + Author = Crap
On Tuesday, musician Ben Folds (formerly of the Five) and rock-obsessed novelist Nick Hornby ( High Fidelity ) released a collaborative record called Lonely Avenue . The result of this musical-literary team-up isn't excruciating.
Worst of Both Worlds
| October 01, 2010
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